The Coil, a musical instrument with a helical chromatic keyboard wrapped around a cylinder, by Chris Wayan. THE COIL

By Chris Wayan

46K, 460 x 680, 2000. Mailing tubes, acrylic paint and modeling paste.

These are mockups for an instrument I'm designing called the Helix or the Coil. It will be much easier to play than guitar or keyboard---totally chromatic, so for every major and minor key and chord, you only need to learn one fingering, not dozens.

The color-coding isn't just decorative; it helps you orient.

For details, see THE LEARNABLE INSTRUMENT PROJECT, describing the Coil and eight other ergonomic instrument designs.

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